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Ludhiana channelises local MP's services, strikes FM gold

Meeting the long-pending demand by the local artistes and Ludhiana residents, information and broadcasting minister and local MP Manish Tewari on Friday inaugurated the FM Gold Radio of All India Radio here.

punjab Updated: Aug 17, 2013 00:04 IST
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Meeting the long-pending demand by the local artistes and Ludhiana residents, information and broadcasting minister and local MP Manish Tewari on Friday inaugurated the FM Gold Radio of All India Radio here.


With this, the city has become the fifth in the country after Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata to have its own FM Gold channel.

The channel will be available on 100.1 Mega Hertz; initially, the programmes will be broadcast from the FM Gold New Delhi with the local variation.

The current range of the FM station will be in a radius of 20km, which will be increased in future.

According to the national format, there will be local programmes of two hours' duration in the morning and of two hours in the evening. However, for a few months, local Punjabi language programmes will not be broadcast. According to Prasar Bharti CEO Jawahar Sirckar, it will take a few months to start production at the local level.

"Since in setting up of an FM channel, tedious technicalities are involved, it's not an easy task. We promise to run the FM channel fully by Diwali," said the CEO.

The inauguration ceremony witnessed a performance by popular Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi and Sufi singers Nooran Sisters.

Speaking on the occasion, Tewari said the channel had become a reality within a short span of four months and it would be a new beginning for a city that was deprived of having a FM Radio of its own despite being one of the most important cities of Punjab.

Earlier, Tewari formally inaugurated the channel on the BSNL premises at Transport Nagar from where it has started functioning.

Using the occasion to spell out his future plans for Ludhiana, Tewari declared that he had taken up the matter with the ministry concerned for converting the local Passport Sewa Kendra into a full-fledged Regional Passport Office.

Tewari also promised to start a new Shatabdi train from Ludhiana to New Delhi via Ambala. He said the matter had been taken up with the railway minister.

The minister said he had got the air services between Ludhiana and Delhi resumed in 2010, but due to non-provision of other required infrastructure which had to be provided by the Punjab government, it could not be strengthened further.

He said the Planning Commission had given Rs 50 crore to the state government for cleaning of the Budha Nullah and another Rs 16 crore was released to the state government by the environment ministry, but the state government not only failed to contribute its own matching share of Rs 50 crore, but also spent the central funds elsewhere.

"During my nine-year stint as Ludhiana MP, I have kept all promises made to the locals, but due to lack of cooperation from the state government a few projects had not been implemented," he rued.